The book chronicles the actions of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers in the early months of the World War. Mrs. Rickard dedicated the book to the dead of the 2nd Battalion. Mrs. Rickard wrote the history from the available official records and memoirs of the survivors of the battalion. It is a highly readable account of part of the "Old Contemptibles." The British Regular Army disappeared in the summer of 1914-Spring 1915.